Hakeem Nicks sidelined with knee soreness (again)
Although Hakeem Nicks remained active over the past seven games, the four-year pro hadn’t made a 100 percent recovery from a sore left knee yet, which contributed to his low stats. The setback is another blow to the New York Giants’ offense which was expecting one Hakeem Nicks to make a full recovery and resume his role in the lineup as one of NFL’s most productive receivers anytime soon.
Hakeem Nicks went out with a knee injury after the New York Giants’ 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. Since, Hakeem Nicks has missed three-games between early-September to mid-October and the swelling in the knee has also contributed to his performance as a less potent weapon that what was expected of him over the season.
“It’s always a concern,” New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said about Hakeem Knicks’ knee soreness. “But hopefully it will subside and he’ll be ready to go.”
The knee injury has slowed Hakeem Nicks down over the season as he is on the verge of the worst season of his career, making just 46 receptions for 585 yards and two touchdowns so far in the season. Since his rookie season in 2009, Hakeem Nicks has produced at least 790 receiving yards along with six touchdowns every year. However, playing in Monday night’s 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins Hakeem Nicks registered only five receptions for 43 yards throughout the game.
That has been the New York Giants primary issue with Hakeem Nicks, although he’s been playing the games, there’s no significant contribution and now with his knees flaring up again, things couldn’t be worse for the offense.
"He's got to get as healthy as we can possibly have him come game day," stated New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz. "If that means taking a day off for some treatment and getting himself physically ready to go then so be it."
New York Giants safety Kenny Philips also missed practice on Thursday (following an absence on Wednesday as well) with a sore knee. Kenny Phillips went out with an MCL sprain earlier in the season and re-aggravated his injury during a return against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. After being listed as doubtful for Monday’s game, Kenny Phillips played for only 20 snaps against the Washington Redskins. The New York Giants could again have him as a game-time decision against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday as Tom Couglin argued there were are many considerations to be paid heed to for gameday, contrary to just resting Kenny Phillips.
"There's a workload of other spots, and special teams, and the way in which that plays out in terms of number of snaps people get," stated Tom Coughlin. "So there are a lot of considerations."
New York Giants tight end Travis Beckum (knee), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and safety Tyler Sash (hamstring) also didn’t participate in Thursday’s practice. Linebackers Jacquain Williams (knee) and Michael Boley (shoulder) practiced on limited basis. Jacquain Williams has not played since 14th October game against the San Francisco 49ers but Tom Coughlin sounded optimistic about his availability for Sunday’s game.